The fallacies of “ultimate control” was portrayed by H.G. Wells in his novel Things to Come where the ultimate salvation for the earth, typified by aeronaut John Cabal, (after a devastating world war) and the eventual institution of a World Pax Mundi government controlled by science (Wings over the World): 

“That makes Wells’ dictatorship all the more horrifying. C.S. Lewis observed that the worst kind of dictatorship is the moral one, because a cruel dictator may eventually be satiated. The moral dictator will never tire because they believe they are oppressing others for their own good. Cabal, in his closing lines, offers humanity only the choice between a nasty, brutish and short life in a state of nature or the ceaseless efficiency of a life submissive to the cause of science. His government has exchanged freedom for peace, but not true peace. They have perfected the absence of war but have not left the individual alone to be at peace,” said Cory Gross. “Therein lays the question that Things to Come does not really explore. Has Cabal only provided us with a false dilemma? Is there a way to have a world of both peace and freedom, where we can do away with both types of dictatorship?”

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In Things to Come, scientist Oswald Cabal delivers a speech about Progress and humanity’s quest for knowledge. “Cabal: ‘. . . for man no rest and no ending. He must go on – conquest beyond conquest. This little planet and its winds and ways, and all the laws of mind and matter that restrain him. Then the planets about him, and at last out across immensity to the stars. And when he has conquered all the deeps of space and all the mysteries of time – until he will be beginning…If we’re no more than animals – we must snatch at our little scraps of happiness and live and suffer and pass, mattering no more – than all the other animals do – or have done. (Oswald Cabal points out at the stars.) It is that – or this? All the universe – or nothingness: which shall it be?’” 

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H.G. Wells, author of  Things to Come

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